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    Carbon Tax: Van Hollen's Latest Version

    Representative Chris Van Hollen (D–MD) is expected to soon introduce a new rendition of his cap-and-dividend carbon tax. Like earlier versions, Van Hollen’s bill would require carbon-dioxide-emitting industries (such as electric utilities) to buy emission permits. Some of the money raised would be divvied up to energy consumers to make … More

    Obama’s “Case for Action” on Climate Change Doesn’t Cut It

    Yesterday, President Obama announced his climate action plan to drastically cut carbon dioxide emissions and mandate greater energy efficiency. This four-paragraph “case for action” on climate change does not legitimize the next 15 pages of federal overreach into the energy sector (and by extension the homes, businesses, and pocketbooks of … More

    Obama’s “War on Coal” Hits American Families Hard

    Regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Interior, and the Department of Labor have been labeled President Barack Obama’s “war on coal.” A more precise label would be a “war on American families, businesses, and jobs.” Unnecessarily and artificially eliminating coal as a reliable, affordable energy source … More

    Previewing President Obama’s Climate Change Speech

    When Congress rejected a cap-and-trade proposal to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, a frustrated President said that cap and trade was only one way of skinning the cat and that he would look for other avenues to curb greenhouse gas emissions. On Tuesday, the President will outline … More

    Climate Change: The Cost of “Bold Action”

    This week, President Obama stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and declared that “the effort to slow climate change requires bold action.” Some in Congress say we need to take such bold action now by taxing carbon dioxide. But according to a Heritage Foundation analysis of the … More

    Carbon (And Practically Everything Else) Just Got More Expensive

    The Department of Energy (DOE) finalized a rule at the end of May that mandates the amount of energy microwaves can use on standby mode starting in 2016. The DOE tries to legitimize the rule by saying that the alleged social cost of carbon (SCC) is more than it was … More

    U.S. Beating China in Race for Clean Skies

    A cloud of photochemical smog from China drifted into Japan this week. The story highlights the fact that air pollution in China is getting worse—despite lamentations that the “world is passing us by” in clean energy. That quote came from Steven Chu, President Obama’s then-Secretary of Energy, in 2009. Chu … More

    Obama to Lead on Climate Change, but Only Through Back Door

    During his 2013 inaugural address, President Obama told Americans that the United States “will respond to the threat of climate change” and will take the lead for other countries to follow suit. This commitment is a willful rejection of reality. Congress has been unwilling to enact legislation to unilaterally address … More

    EPA’s Jackson Leaves Legacy of Higher Costs, Less Consumer Choice

    Lisa Jackson will retire from her position as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this month as the most prolific regulator of her class of Obama administrators. This is not a distinction to be coveted. Under Jackson’s leadership, the EPA has issued 1,824 regulations. For context, the Department of … More

    Carbon Tax: NRDC Serves Up Stale Leftovers

    An old cartoon showed a customer sampling from a jar whose label is emblazoned with the words “New and Improved.” The customer asks what has changed and is told the company changed the label so that it now says “New and Improved.” This seems to be the idea behind the … More